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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015

•Boston’s Harpoon Brewery has launched Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA, its first new year-round entry in four years. Set to make its debut at the HarpoonFest festival in mid-May, Take 5 Session IPA is made with Simcoe and Amarillo hops, as well as Pale, Vienna, Carapils and English Amber malts. The 4.3%-abv offering will initially be available on draft throughout Harpoon’s 25-market U.S. footprint starting May 18th, with bottled and canned formats to follow in mid-June. Take 5 joins Harpoon IPA, UFO White, Harpoon Leviathan IPA, UFO R.A.Z., UFO Hefeweizen, Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA and Boston Irish Stout in Harpoon’s year-round lineup.

•Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn has released a new seasonal Rare Oak Pale Ale and limited edition Highland Ale to the U.S. market. The Pale Ale (5.8% abv) is aged in Scottish oak barrels and brewed with Super Styrian and Whitbread Golding hops and indigenous herbs such as elderflower and sweet gale. Highland Ale (7.4% abv) is made with I&G Ale, Crystal and Wheat malts and aged in the brewery’s patented Oakerators with oak chips infused with 18-year-old Highland malt whiskey. Rare Oak Pale Ale is available in select regional markets in four-packs for $9.99 and on draft for about $6-$7 a 12-ounce pour. Highland Ale is sold in select regional markets in single 660-ml bottles for $7.99. Innis & Gunn’s core lineup includes Original, Rum Aged and Toasted Oak IPA.

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